International Roundup: Kravets HurtBy: Yevy | March 29th, 2009
Artem Kravets’s hopes of earning his first cap at Wembley went up in smoke as the Dynamo striker suffered an injury while training with the national team. Kravets damaged a muscle in his hip and is expected to be out for three weeks, which means he will miss Dynamo’s UEFA Cup quarterfinal tie against PSG. While the striker flew back to Kiev to begin treatment, his club teammates Artem Milevskiy, Oleksandr Aliyev, Taras Mykhalyk, Oleh Husyev and Stanyslav Bohush continue to train in England for Wednesday’s World Cup 2010 qualifier. Meanwhile several of Dynamo’s foreign internationals were in action for their countries on Saturday. Find out how they did after the jump.
Roman Eremenko played the entire match in the holding midfielder role for Finland alongside older brother Aleksei, as their side overcame Wales 2-0 in Cardiff. The away victory lifts the Finns into third place in their qualifying group, but their chances of catching favorites Germany and Russia remain slim. Milos Ninkovic was said to have recovered from the knock he received in the match against Arsenal Kyiv, but he did not make the team sheet for Serbia’s match at Romania. Serbia won the encounter 3-2 and lead their group. Fellow Dynamo midfielder Ognjen Vukojevic will have to wait until Wednesday when his Croatia team travel to Andorra. Croatia are level with Ukraine for the second spot in their group but have played one more match.
African nations featuring Dynamo players did not fare so well in their qualifying matches. Badr El Kaddouri’s 90 minutes of work were for naught as Morocco suffered a disappointing 1-2 home defeat to Gabon. With only one team advancing from a group that also includes Cameroon and Togo, Morocco already faces an uphill battle after just the first round. Ismael Bangoura’s Guinea fell to Burkina Faso 4-2 in an away match, with the Dynamo striker coming on for the final half hour but not getting on the score sheet.
Maksim Shatskikh played the first hour of Uzbekistan’s 4-0 rout of Qatar, but his side has almost no chance to catch runaway group leaders Australia and Japan. In U-21 action, several Dynamo players took part in Ukraine’s scoreless draw with Serbia. Andriy Yarmolenko had the unfortunate distinction of failing to convert a penalty and hitting the crossbar on the followup attempt.